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Easter Wings -- George Herbert

Guest poem submitted by Suresh Ramasubramanian:
(Poem #567) Easter Wings
Lord, Who createdst man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
                  Decaying more and more,
                       Till he became
                         Most poore:

                         With Thee
                       O let me rise,
                  As larks, harmoniously,
      And sing this day Thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did beginne;
      And still with sicknesses and shame
                  Thou didst so punish sinne,
                       That I became
                         Most thinne.

                         With Thee
                       Let me combine,
                  And feel this day Thy victorie;
      For, if I imp my wing on Thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
-- George Herbert
A beautiful metaphysical poem.  Here, the wings are literal, not just
the 'wings of poesy' (Keats, wasn't it?) - notice the phrasing and
punctuation, giving a butterfly-like shape to the whole poem.

Carefully arranged in related sequences, they explore and praise God as
Herbert discovered Him within the fluctuations of his own experience.
These poems are intensely personal prayers, besides being beautiful (and
artistic) poetry.


There is a Herbert bio on Luminarium:

[thomas adds]

Two other 'visual poems' to have featured on the Minstrels are

'A Prayer to the Sun', by Geoffrey Hill: poem #349

'Landscape: I', by bpNichol poem #497

Herbert's most famous poem is probably 'The Pulley', which you can read
at poem #391

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What great poem Suresh Ramasubramanian, Herbert is one of the best, All of Herbert's English surviving poems are religious, and some have been used as hymns, William Cowper said of them I found in them a strain of piety which I could not but said a lot of things bout his work!!22dd

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